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George L. Miles, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Snack Foods
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Wonderful.

Birthplace

Born:
11/13/1941
Birth Location:
Orange, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Snack Foods
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Wonderful.

Birthplace

Born:
11/13/1941
Birth Location:
Orange
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Biography

George L. Miles, Jr. was born on November 13, 1941 in Orange, New Jersey. He is one of Eula and George Miles’ seven children. In 1963, Miles earned his B.A. degree in accounting from Seton Hall University and his M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1970. He also became a New Jersey-licensed certified public accountant in 1972.

Following his graduation from Seton Hall University, Miles worked for the Department of Defense for six years in the Defense Audit Agency as a contract auditor during President Kennedy and President Johnson’s terms in office. In 1969, Miles began work with Touche Ross & Company in New York City. In 1972, he left as an audit manager. While at Touche Ross, Miles studied at Fairleigh Dickinson University to earn his M.B.A. He joined KDKA-TV/DKDA-AM/WPNT in 1978, working as a business manager and controller. From 1981 through 1984, Miles served as station manager for WBZ-TV in Boston. In 1983, assigned by Westinghouse Broadcasting, Miles served as Chief Administrative Officer for National Public Radio (NPR), in order to analyze, develop and execute plans and procedures which allowed NPR to obtain relief from fiscal difficulties. Between 1984 and 1994, Miles became Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of WNET/13 in New York. In 1994, Miles was appointed President and CEO of WQED Multimedia, a public broadcasting media company which encompasses WQED-TV, WQEX-TV, WQED-FM and PITTSBURGH magazine.

Miles has received Honorary Doctorates from Robert Morris University, La Roche College and St. Joseph’s College. He is also a recipient of the Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Achievement as an alumnus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 2006, The New Pittsburgh Courier named him one of the “Fifty Most Influential African-Americans.” Miles was also the 2007 Recipient of the Point Park University Performing Arts Partnership & Achievement Award.

Miles sits on the boards of American International Group, Inc.; Chester Engineers, Inc.; Equitable Resources, Inc.; Harley-Davidson, Inc.; HFF, Inc. and WESCO International, Inc. He also served as a former Chairman of the Urban League of Pittsburgh.

Miles lives in Pittsburgh and is married to Janet L. Miles. They have a daughter, Tammy and granddaughter, Taylor.

Miles was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 12, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - George L. Miles, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - George L. Miles, Jr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - George L. Miles, Jr. talks about the close relationships within his maternal family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - George L. Miles, Jr. remembers his mother's accomplishments
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - George L. Miles, Jr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - George L. Miles, Jr. recalls lessons from his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - George L. Miles, Jr. describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - George L. Miles, Jr. talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - George L. Miles, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memories, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - George L. Miles, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memories, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - George L. Miles, Jr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - George L. Miles, Jr. describes his experiences at the Oakwood Avenue School in Orange, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - George L. Miles, Jr. recalls his early work experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - George L. Miles, Jr. remembers his teachers at the Oakwood Avenue School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - George L. Miles, Jr. talks about his early interest in sports
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - George L. Miles, Jr. talks about his family connections to Dionne Warwick and Cissy Houston
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - George L. Miles, Jr. talks about his interest in doo wop music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - George L. Miles, Jr. describes his extracurricular activities at Orange High School in Orange, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - George L. Miles, Jr. describes his decision to attend Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - George L. Miles, Jr. recalls how he paid his tuition at Seton Hall University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - George L. Miles, Jr. describes his work and study habits at Seton Hall University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - George L. Miles, Jr. recalls his professors and peers at Seton Hall University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - George L. Miles, Jr. describes his struggle to find a position as a certified public accountant
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - George L. Miles, Jr. talks about his U.S. Army service in the Vietnam War, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - George L. Miles, Jr. talks about his U.S. Army service in the Vietnam War, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - George L. Miles, Jr. describes his position at Touch Ross and Co.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - George L. Miles, Jr. remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - George L. Miles, Jr. recalls his introduction to the media industry at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - George L. Miles, Jr. describes his experiences at the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - George L. Miles, Jr. talks about the reorganization of National Public Radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - George L. Miles, Jr. talks about his operational strategy for public broadcast stations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - George L. Miles, Jr. recalls joining WQED Multimedia in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - George L. Miles, Jr. describes his success at WQED-TV
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - George L. Miles, Jr. talks about the programming on WQED-TV, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - George L. Miles, Jr. recalls the production of 'The War That Made America'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - George L. Miles, Jr. talks about the programming on WQED-TV, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - George L. Miles, Jr. remembers 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - George L. Miles, Jr. talks about the future of WQED Multimedia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - George L. Miles, Jr. reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - George L. Miles, Jr. describes his role as an advisor for public broadcasting stations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - George L. Miles, Jr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - George L. Miles, Jr. talks about his daughter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - George L. Miles, Jr. describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - George L. Miles, Jr. narrates his photographs